What did Jesus mean in the following passage?
These things have I spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33, emphasis added)
We live in a hostile world, but our calling is to declare the truth, and do the right thing—no matter what the cost! But which of us wants to offend others? To be true to the Lord, we must. Jesus, the Prophets, and the Apostles—all were offensive, while telling the truth! That’s what it takes to overcome the world. And what is the heavenly reward for the overcomer?
To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am sat down with my Father in his throne. (Revelation 3:21)
In this book, I confront “egalitarianism”—the most destructive sin, since the Sin of Adam! I will offend some women—even those who call themselves Christians! Almost all men are fearful of women. Even those who hold a biblical view of male/female roles will attenuate their words so as not to offend a woman. For a man to be an “overcomer,” in our modern feminized culture, is a calling nigh-unto-martyrdom.
In December of 2000, I wrote my infamous Open Letter and sent it to everyone in the large Baptist church of which I was a member. The women complained, and I was promptly kicked out of the church. At this time, I’m NOT a member of any church. Jesus never joined a church.
- I’ve been kicked out of church as a member.
- I’ve yet to be kicked out of church as a guest.
But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD—even if it means getting kicked out of church! No matter what, I will write and speak the truth. I’m writing to men because, by God’s appointment, they’re in charge—they’re responsible! This book tells a man how to get his house in order.
My Warning To Men
Neither the Bible nor the American Constitution guarantees freedom from offense. If you’re not willing to offend, you WON’T make the necessary changes. For 32 years I offended lots of people, but I finally won my wife’s heart. She surrendered her “egalitarian” ideas and became my biblical wife. In April of 2002, our marriage was transformed overnight. Fifteen years later, we still have a heavenly marriage.
I want to get to the bottom of things. We have a major marital problem that needs a solution. If my mother said it once, she said it a hundred times: “Marriage is 50/50.” She took her 50; then she took dad’s 50. I won’t say their marriage was lousy; it was terrible. 50/50 doesn’t work because it’s contrary to the Word. One lady jokingly said to me: “Our marriage is 50/50. I give him hell and he takes it”—sounds like my parents marriage!
The answer is simple: “Love your wife, submit to your husband!”
Think About It
Debi Pearl’s book, Created to Be His Help Meet, tells how a good wife can straighten out a bad husband. Laura Doyle’s secular book, The Surrendered Wife, tells how a bad wife can straighten out herself. Elisabeth Elliot’s book, Let Me Be A Woman, is for a teachable woman, who wants to do the right thing. I’ve read all of these books—some of them twice!
My book, Two Loves, tells how a good husband can straighten out a bad wife. Two Loves, http://TwoLoves.net, is an online publication that’s free. You don’t have to buy the book to see if you like it, and you can stop reading at any time. What a deal! Jesus said, “Freely you have received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:8b)
In His service,
C. Russell Yates